Saranello's
Saranello's

Saranello's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.saranellos.com/
  • Phone: (847) 777-6878
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast: Daily: 6:00am - 11:00am;
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm;
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 12:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Mychael Bonner
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering for groups from 8 to 250. We will offer a wide array of family style options that are guaranteed to please.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining facilities also are available for holiday parties, business meetings and other gatherings. A larger space accommodates seating for 50 while two smaller dining rooms each offer more intimate settings for 25 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Milwaukee and Lake Cook
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Saranello's
Inspired by his travels and passion for Italy's culture, Executive Chef Mychael Bonner has created a broad menu of Italian-fare utilizing the freshest ingredients to create the fullest flavors to bring homemade, hand-crafted pizzas and pastas, as well as prime steaks and fresh fish dishes to the table.



Feel the energy while dining in a casual and rustic 6700-square-foot setting. Dine at natural reclaimed wood tables with seating for 175, surrounded by inviting darker woods, exposed brick and beams, subtle filament lighting, and accented with muted chocolate and caramel tones throughout.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Saranello's reviews from OpenTable diners
362 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (157)special occasion (140)fit for foodies (120)neighborhood gem (113)great for lunch (70)hot spot (52)romantic (47)vibrant bar scene (43)kid-friendly (38)great for brunch (38)notable wine list (36)late-night find (15)great for outdoor dining (13)Show More
  • AnnaVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    As usual the food was excellent. Service was great. Unfortunately the front desk still does not have their act together. Service at the front desk starts with nonexistent and ends with chaotic...thank goodness everything else here is so good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Experience
    GlenviewResident
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We thought it was odd that we had made a reservation for our anniversary dinner, over two weeks prior to our dinner, and when we walked in, the Maitre D asked if we wished to sit in the Bar or at a Table. They were very busy; and we felt like he was steering us away from our allotted table into the bar so that they could make more room. In addition, they were totally out of menus. So, when we were seated, the server came to ask what we wanted to drink and we had no idea, since we had no menus. We thought that the server was excellent, but it didn't make up for the lack of attention paid to us or for the overall craziness of the restaurant. They were clearly overbooked for the evening and it was completely chaotic...not high energy as the survey indicated on the sound noise. The food is very good though; and the restaurant did end up bringing us a complimentary dessert for our anniversary.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good food, slow service.
    Matt
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Great homemade pastas were fantastic. Very cool dining area. Poor service. Our server and everyone else who came by the table simply acted like they'd rather be somewhere else - and so they very rarely came by the table at all.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FundinerVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Unfortunately, the noise level is always high It is better to go at five o'clock. Three or four people is the best size group in order to talk to each other,unless you can request a table at tne far North end of tne restaurant. With a larger group, the side tables on the Wrst end of the restaurant offer some privacy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • notpickyVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    wonderful Italian restaurant with great menu choices and wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • libraVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    An all time favorite, go-to place for our family (all young adults). Food is consistently good and service is consistently great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usually a favorite spot.
    gnoforcosmos
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    My friends and I always love to go to Saranello's as the food and service is usually very good and consistent. This time though we got a cool reception from our server when we asked for some special requests for my daughter who is a vegan. Would have appreciated some suggestions with the menu. Server made us feel like we were in the wrong spot to dine out. She did warm up a bit as the meal progressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • better if correct
    JBGSC
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I ordered a skirt steak to be done medium rare. It came well done. By the time it was brought back, prepaired the correct way, I had to eat by myself because my wife was already finished with her meal. Food was finally good, but not pleased with the cost you have and the way it was sent to the table. Was happy with how it was resolved, but not to eat alone
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Their Sunday brunch is outstanding. Not well advertised so not crowded. And it is delicious! Secret gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    mdbuttercupVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Reservations are suggested especially for Friday nights. Early dinner (5pm) for us. Place was empty at first and filled up quickly.We were seated right next to another couple in this empty restaurant. They moved their table a bit away just so we didn't share conversations.Oil was poured for some bread, which we never received. Our waitperson took our order and we didn't see him again. A different person brought our entrees. No one came over to check on us.We needed soft drink refills and literally waved our arms to get attention and finally flagged down our waitperson. He came over and we asked for a refill. We mentioned that we never got bread. He brought over a small pitcher of iced tea, and bread and then disappeared until check time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • slow service
    bp17
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Friendly waitress but slow service during lunch hour when not very crowded. Had to get back to office.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    DonMega
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Been here many times. Always have been great. This night was very different. Service was horrible. Unattentive waiter was very disappointing. Food was acceptable, not outstanding. If this was our 1st visit, it would have been our last. However based on many years of satisfying visits we will be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing !!!
    puppyVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Meatballs or eggplant parmesan are the way to go, we got the meat. Skip salmon salad ....
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Was Shocked
    RunToEatVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Was not what I was expecting for Letus. It's a very nice place with a great feel and ambiance. It would have been a great place for date night but my wife's meal was wrong and my meal was bad.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Below Average Lettuce Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We have been to Saranello's a number of times and every time we go there I find it to be average at best and usually not up to Lettuce standards. The food is just ok and everything is a la carte. It's one of the few restaurants that doesn't even offer a side of pasta with an entrée. However, you can add a side of pasta for $5 and it is a nice sized portion and can probably be shared. While we didn't order it this time, their flat bread pizza is probably the best choice on the menu. I will say that service has improved considerably since the restaurant first opened and our server was attentive and very friendly. In my estimation, DiPescara is a much better option for a Lettuce Italian restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Meal
    TheaterGoer
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We chose Saranello's after seeing their ad in a theater program and we were not disappointed. Great pastas and the caprese salad was excellent. I look forward to investigating more items on their menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed with Brunch
    DennisSVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    This was our first time at Saranello's for brunch. We have been there for dinner many times and have never been disappointed with food or service. However this time when we asked for a menu that was not the brunch buffet, we were told that the buffet was the only option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food & atmosphere
    CDinerVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food & atmosphere were great. Creative entrees. Service was pleasant but a little spotty. A couple of more early visits to the table would've bern nice. Highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    TellyVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The Pi9zza was incredible. Both white fish entrees were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enid
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We were seated in the small room toward the north. It was perfect for sound, because our party was the only one seated there. We all enjoyed our dinner choices. The wait staff didn't see us, so sometimes it seemed, they forgot us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it.
    TerriVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We go there often...food consistently good, generous portions,very good wait staff. My only complaint...it's very noisy....hard to hear when there are more than 4 people at a table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Where's the pasta?
    mztique2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    good food, generous portions, attentive wait staff. The side orders are enough that four can share. Everything is ala carte....not so unusual, but makes Saranello's a little more pricey than competitors. It is rather strange that unless specifically stated, entrees have no starch or vegetable. Chicken parm and no pasta, what's up with that?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Restaurant
    Cara
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Ambiance, service, and food are well above average. Consistently. And I have to say that the skirt steak is exceptional. WA very well-run restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent bad service
    claireVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    It felt like our server had somewhere else she would rather be, and after sending my food back for a reheat, it still came back tepid.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprising
    Ringleader265
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    After our last visit, I thought this place was going out of business. Boy was I wrong. Saranellos has rallied and their customers can tell. The food is back to superior quality and the place is crowded again. Even on a Wednesday night.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always spectacular!
    Fortsheridan
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I always feel like I went somewhere when I go to Saranello's. Great, hip place, good ambiance, food is delicious, wide selection. Have been here many times, reminds me of a steakhouse I once went to in Florence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • scallops disapointing
    Bobbie
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I ordered scallops. I assumed for $28 a la carte they would be large. There were five scallops about the size of a quarter. Looked more like an appetizer than an entrée.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Extremly Disappointing
    dees
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Today's experience not one to remember. Ordered an item on the 'specials' menu, so was hoping for special. What was served was lack luster, not as described and truly missing the mark. Our 'pear and Gorgonzola' salads, a speciality item, was missing not just the Gorgonzola (thus unaptly named), but also cranberries and candied walnuts. We asked for the dressing to be lightly tossed and it was not; it was on the side. The chef ignored our customer requests and her own recipe! If the item is featured, the customer should expect it to be special. When asked about the missing ingredients, we were brought small bowls for the 2 of us to split!!!! Service was inattentive. If a restaurant do 'specials, what hope is there for the rest of the menu?
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian specials
    gjohnmarmet
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I was thrillled to find that they would make me a Linguine with clam sauce, not on the menu. They had the ingredients and they made it. Not only that but it was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Worth It
    veganstylistVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My husband enjoys this place and I can't figure out why? The service is poor, our waitress looked peeved when we didn't order wine or an apptz. It was a Sunday night and we had to work the next day! Wine doesn't mix. She was a bit sarcastic when I asked her about the ingredients in the salad and was obnoxious when we asked about the specials. We thought it was two (fish and risotto) different courses when it was one item. Sorry. It might have been the coupons which keep my husband returning because we have never gone otherwise. There are so many better restaurants and seriously with the level (not) of service it doesn't seem like a LE Restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Brunch
    BarrydogVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    What nice surprise - great brunch - everything you want to make that Sunday morning special. Omelette station, roast beef carving, get egg dishes, bacon, hash browns and then more lunch items with pasta, chicken, fish. Lot's of small desserts to try. Great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a good breakfast
    tk74
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had such poor service. I do realize this restaurant is connected to a hotel...but still I expected more from a LEY restaurant. It felt like they were only open because they were attached to the hotel. We rarely saw a server. It took forever just to get water. Food was mediocre. I was very disappointed and won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll be back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Overall we had a great experience. The pros: Chicken meatball for an appetizer was surprisingly everyone's favorite. Great Caesar salad. Skirt steak was perfect - nicely seasoned with caramelized onions, great portion and perfectly cooked. The cons: Parking - definitely use the free valet and splurge on a tip (the parking lot is crazy!). Getting drinks from bar - not sure if it was the waitresses fault or bartenders, but it took a long time to get drinks. The manager and assistant manager came around frequently to make sure everything was good, so this did help a bit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Experience
    Denise
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Service was disappointing - attentive at first until our entrees were ordered and then it was impossible to snag our server's attention to order a second drink. Instead of apologizing for his inattentiveness, he was condescending. While my entree was delicious (Braised Beef Ravioli), my husband's was lacking the heat level suggested on the menu; server was dismissive and a manager was rude. It was a disappointing evening and we normally love Saranello's. Maybe it was an off night for our server and the restaurant but it was definitely not the experience we're accustomed to.
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  • Not your typical hotel restaurant
    PickyVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Saranella's location is convenient but don't think your going to get "hotel food" or pricing. Menu is well priced and offers a great variety of options. I am eating low-carb and the server could not have been more accommodating, substituting cauliflower for green beans on the trout special. It was delicious! I had only been here on one other occasion but I know I will be a regular now. The thin crust pizza looked incredible...but definitely not low carb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • question of worth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    this was the third time we were there. the first 2 times were great, this time something had changed and not for the better. We had reservation for 7:30PM, but were not seated until after 8:00PM the table was not set, there were no silverware, the waitress broth 2 sets then vent looking for 2 more. The olive oil bottle was not on the table as well. The food (I had the nuts Crusted white fish) was bland, there was almost no nuts on the crust, just a little fried. this time it was just drab. Seemed there was somebody else doing the cooking. They were very crowded. The shortcomings of that were very evident. If they continue cutting corners, soon it'll become a lot less crowded. We, for ones, will stay away for now.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice setting, good food
    DMGMDVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We shared chicken Parmesan and a side of pasta along we with a Caesar salad. The portion was so big that we brought home half of the chicken! It was all very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This one WOW'd me
    Majcigar
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    It has been a long time since a restaurant made me do a double take, but Saranello's may be the best Italian Dinner I have ever had. The service was as good as I can remember at any restaurant I have ever been too. This was a memorable evening and we will definately be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gotta Try the Burgers!
    homes2sell
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I generally don't order burgers, but I opted for the Parmesan Onion Burger and have no regrets. You could taste the freshness of the beef, and the parmesan and onion just pulled it all together. Be prepared for a large, sloppy, delicious burger!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JL
    JLofHP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    over-all very good place. the tables however are set a little too close---when the next table got up the chairs banged into ours. the server's had to squeeze by to serve. the noise level like a lot of places was way too high. the food was generous and good. the sever was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.